Sunday, August 10, 2014

What radio means to me in 1999

In November 1999, we devoted an edition of the Media Network programme to recollections from listeners about the impact radio had on their lives. I thought they were amazing recollections.

This Media Network from November 1999 includes a fascinating interview with Aidan White (pictured) who at that time worked for the Brussels based International Federation of Journalists. He discusses what goes wrong when governments control the radio waves, especially in politically instable regions like the Balkans.

We also hear more Memories of the Millennium, recollections of listening in the 20th century sent in by Media Network listeners. We learn about the discussion that the BBC should cover adverts. Henry Stokes, writes from Green Bay and notes that films no longer have radio in their theme. He notes that the recent film "Jakob the Liar" staring Robin Williams. In Nazi occupied Poland, poor Jewish café owner Jakob (Robin Williams) overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military victories against German forces. To raise the spirits of those in the ghetto, Jakob relays fictitious news bulletins.

We also hear about the how the impact radio made on a shortwave listener in China.

Andy Sennitt discovers a radio with built-in CD player and one that claims to be Super-Hydrodyne. We also report on the first DRM tests from the Bonaire relay station. And Bob Tomalski reported on the drastic drop in price of multi-standard DVD machines. He also comments on the variable quality of MP3 compared the compact disc.

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